9 posts categorized "Anniversary"


Fri 27

Watercolored Die Cuts
by Sharon Harnist

Hello, Memory Box Fans ... Sharon Harnist here with you again!  Today I'm sharing how you can watercolor your die cuts, to create a project quickly and easily, by cutting all the elements from white watercolor paper then watercoloring each of the pieces! 

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For this card, I used two different colors (deep blue and deep purple) of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on damp watercolor paper, let it dry, then splattered the background with white watercolor to create a starry effect.  Next, I die cut the Starry Ring from the upper left corner of the background, then mounted the background to a white card base. The Roaring Rocket and its flames were die cut from white watercolor paper, then the rocket pieces watercolored with silver, white, black, blue and violet:

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I finished the card by heat embossing the Outta this World sentiment in white onto black cardstock. Both the rocket and the sentiment piece were popped up with foam tape.  Clear sequins were scattered over the background.

Thanks so much for joining me today ... I hope you'll give watercoloring your die cuts a try!  Happy weekend!

- Sharonsig



Thu 15

Happy Day
by Sharon Harnist

Valentine's Day may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you must put away your "Valentine" stamps and dies!  They can be great for weddings, anniversaries, or just an everyday "Wishing you a very happy day" card!

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For this card, I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and coordinating Wirework Hearts die set, along with the Heart Rays die:

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I simply gold heat embossed the beautiful large wirework heart onto 110 Lb. white cardstock, and die cut it.  I prefer heavier cardstock when heat embossing, to cut down on any possible warping of the cardstock.  Then I popped the heart up with foam tape over a 5.25" x 4" white cardstock panel that had the Heart Rays die cut into it and sentiment also gold heat embossed.  The background panel was placed onto a gold metallic card base -- I love how the base peeks through the tiny die cut hearts!

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I really like the simple elegance of this monochromatic gold metallic color scheme, but you could easily change up the colors of the cardstock and/or heat embossing (or stamp in a colored ink), to greatly change the feel of this card!  What colors would you use?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

- Sharonsig






Sat 25

Nothing "Beets" Love
by Sherry Hester

Happy Saturday, everyone! Hopefully you will all "beet" the heat this weekend!

Today's card once again features the Garden Variety set of stamps and dies. I must be loving the beet die from this set because this is the second card I've done with this cute little veggie! I'm thinking this would make an unusual but cute anniversary card!

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I stamped and die cut two of the beets, then sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the leaves, Worn Lipstick on one beet, and Dried Marigold on the other.  The faces were stamped next, and as you can see, I added brows to the boy beet and lashes to the girl. I had to add a touch of Worn Lipstick to the girl because a girl beet in love surely must be blushing! I then set the beets aside to add later.

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I next sponged Peeled Paint through the Distress Grid stencil on the bottom half of a white card base. I took another quarter sheet of white card stock, positioned one of the Stitched Border dies about two thirds of the way down, and die cut that. Using the same die, I cut another border from a narrow strip of green card stock, and adhered that below the edge of the white piece, offsetting it just a bit for a more interesting border.  I lightly sponged Dried Marigold onto the center of the white piece, and used the negative of a circle die cut to sponge a little green at the bottom. I then splattered Forest Moss Distress Ink onto the entire piece before adhering it to the card base.

I die cut the Sketchbook Love from black card stock and added it to the bottom right of the card. I had to get a little creative with the rest of the sentiment. I snipped the word "happy" from the Springtime Bunnies set, and the word "in" from the Birthday Bunnies set, put them together on an acrylic block and stamped as shown with Versamark Onyx Black ink. 

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I adhered the smitten little beets with foam tape to the card front. The hearts were cut from white card stock using one of the dies from the Banner Parade set and I sponged Worn Lipstick onto the ones that I used, adding them where shown. I topped off the hearts and the beet faces with clear Wink of Stella.  And they lived happily ever after!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay cool this weekend!







Fri 12

Dazzling Heart
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! I have a quick Valentine's Day card for you this afternoon using the beautiful Dazzling Heart die.


To create the background, I used the largest set of rings from the Stitched Rings set and cut it out four times with white paper. When you glue the rings to the white card stock it creates a beautiful texture for an embossed look on your card.


I cut the Dazzling Heart with a red mirror card paper that has the perfect amount of shine for your favorite Valentine. Add a gem or pearl to the center of the heart to finish it off. 


I hope you all have a lovely weekend!







Sun 15

Rainbows and Butterflies
by Lindsay

Hello friends!

I am stopping in today to share a bright rainbow inspired card, using quite a few fabulous Memory Box products! I know the snow is going to appear any time, hence the need for a bright and happy card! Watch out gray skies! I have a rainbow here!

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I started with the amazing Stitched Lattice Background, die cutting it from white card stock. I took a rainbow of colors from my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, and added color to the bottom portion of each diamond, blending the color upwards with a waterbrush. 

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I set that aside to dry, and began die cutting the lovely Stitched Vivienne Butterfly from Vellum. Next, I die cut the Sketchbook Love from black card stock, multiple times, and glued them together to get a thicker piece. I then adhered the panel to a white card base with lots of foam tape, and adhered the butterflies, and Love die cut to it. To finish it, I adhered a few black sequins to tie in the black of the sentiment.

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Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you give rainbows a try on your next project!





Wed 02

Stencil, Color Burst and Video

Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your day is going well and you're getting your creative on.

There is a video tutorial at the end of this post showing how to create the front panels for today's cards so don't forget to scroll all the way down

Today's post is showing how to make 2 different card fronts using one gorgeous stencil and some Color Burst.  Fast, easy and awesome.  I love me some stencils.  I think they are one of the most versatile crafting tools I have, and I use them constantly and in lots of different ways.  Today I'm using the Leafy Stems stencil from the Garden Collection.

This card is using the positive portion of the stencil.  In my little head, the positive part of the stencil refers to the openings whereas the negative part of the stencil is the plastic portion.


And the second card uses the both the positive and the negative parts of the stencil.


The background colors using the Color Bursts was created by using the negative part of the stencil and the leaves were colored with Distress Inks using the positive part of the stencil.

Here is a quick video showing how to use the stencil in multiple ways and how to use the Color Burst in a simple yet effective way.  Enjoy


Stencils and Color Burst from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!!




Sun 15

Cherry Blossoms are here

Happy 20th Anniversary to Cathy and her amazing store Simple Pleasures.

May you have another blessed 20 years, and all of your customers are truly blessed to have such a fabulous place to find everything we need to feed our obsessions with a great owner and staff!

Dave has created another amazing exclusive set, and he's definitely outdone himself this year.  The die and stamp set includes 3 dies and coordinating stamps


and also a separate set of 4 sentiments with bonus stamps on the end of the wood block.



You can find all of the information of pricing and how to place an order for these gorgeous sets at the Simple Pleasures Blog  HERE.





Close up of the petal stamp and die....makes for a great dimensional aspect for designs.

Here is one of the cards I created with the new sets


I colored and die cut 3 Cherry Blossoms and adhered them to a frame from the Shaker Rectangular Frame set.  The butterflies were stamped and cut out with the coordinating die and I bent the wings back to give more dimension.  The "petals" which I actually decided to make leaves since I thought the card needed a little pop of green were cut from the petal die.


I gave this designs some dimension by die cutting the Cherry Blossom die in pink card stock and adhering the colored and stamped die cut on top.


For the Memory Box classes in March at Simple Pleasures, we will be making a similar card and for the Anniversary celebration this coming weekend, I'll be using these stamps and dies in a make and take on Friday (11-1pm and 5-7pm) and on Saturday from 11-1. 

If you have any questions about the sets or would like to purchase either or both sets, you can contact Cathy at mailings@simplepleasuresstamps.com and you can find the pricing and shipping information on the Simple Pleasures blog

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful rest of your day


Thu 22

Pink Splendid Clarkia


Good Morning!  Marnie here today with  another fun card using the Memory Box January 2015 Release.  I love how modern this card turned out with the bright pink Splendid Clarkia - 99068 flower embedded in the mat silver cardstock and the modern LOVE font from All About the Love - 30005 out of green shimmer cardstock.  This is, of course, part of my Die Cut Discovery class at CraftFancy this month and will also be featured at the CraftFancy Valentine Event this Saturday along with so many more projects created with this line of dies. 



Memory Box Products Used:

 All About the Love - 30005

Splendid Clarkia - 99068

 Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you like it.  Have an AMAZING Day! 




Thu 26

Midas Touch


Sometimes you have to go back to your roots to make a CAS card. Do you remember when you first learned to emboss? Remember the magic? The moment when the powder heated and raised?  It was amazing! It is what sucked many of us in to stamping.

Today's card is back to basics with gold embossing. I sponged the pattern lanthenay stencil with a versmark pad on my base card. I then heat embossed it in gold. I foam mounted the sentiment pice that I cut using the solid arch background die. Only I didn't cut it all the way through. I only cut it enough to create the curve panel that is so trendy these days.

This makes a great wedding or anniversary card.

Thanks for taking a look today.